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Max Lindenman
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Max Lindenman, a Phoenix-based freelance writer, is a connossieur of dark and strange places.  After a stint teaching ESOL in Mainland China, and another studying in Moscow during the decadent Yeltsin years, he found his way into the subprime mortgage industry.  Following a conversion experience, he resolved to enter the Catholic Church, and was received over Easter of 2008. Follow Max on facebook.

Works by Max Lindenman
Braving Rabbinic Waters to Reveal Body and Blood
Max Lindenman | February 24, 2011
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Farewell to Hitchens, Mighty Goat Among Sheep
Max Lindenman | December 20, 2011
Whatever Hitchens himself might have had to say on the subject, he possessed all the raw......
To Catholic Singles: Stay Selfish
Max Lindenman | May 29, 2011
For Catholics, elasticity is one of the great perks of permanent singlehood. In distinct......
In this conflict-wracked world, sometimes a semblance of peace, a fragile consensus, is......
Catholics Need Their Own "Book of Mormon"
Max Lindenman | April 03, 2011
Catholics now form a cultural minority. Turning to victim-identity politics and adopting......
Kaddish for Amy
Max Lindenman | July 31, 2011
The untimely death of a talented person is never a happy occasion, but over time, at......
Bishop Finn’s response to warnings about a “creepy” priest earns a D. Though we now have......
Gay Marriage and Framing the Church's Message
Max Lindenman | June 27, 2011
As gay marriage becomes legal in New York State, the Catholic Church may have to find......
On Dating Nice Catholic Girls
Max Lindenman | February 28, 2011
No hook-ups but no long-term ego-busts; nice Catholic girls teach tenderness and the......
Catholics in America's Bible Belt are learning the lingo of fundamentalism. Will it......
Nine Types of Catholic Commenters
Max Lindenman | March 24, 2011
Catholicism is often a squabbling family and the life of faith doesn't cure human......
Braving Rabbinic Waters to Reveal Body and Blood
Max Lindenman | February 25, 2011
A study of ancient rabbinic writing marries ancient Presences to new, and exposes the......
The Confessor Who Laughs
Max Lindenman | May 08, 2011
When examining your conscience prior to confession, try to work in a punch line....
The Men in the Gray Flannel Soutanes
Max Lindenman | April 24, 2011
The Church's clerical leadership has surrendered a large share of its credibility, and......
Scaring Hell Out of Kids
Max Lindenman | September 25, 2011
It's okay to teach hell to kids. The evidence shows they can take it....
Learning to Love the Post-9/11 World
Max Lindenman | September 11, 2011
Ten years spent waiting for the other shoe to drop has made some of us experts in......
Subprime Speaks to the Priesthood
Max Lindenman | March 14, 2011
The subprime catastrophe may sound a cautionary note to the Catholic priesthood: once......
I Got My Religion Online
Max Lindenman | March 22, 2011
John Paul II told us to cast out into the deep. Pope Benedict wisely promotes doing so......
Fr. Corapi: Death of Irony, Limits of Tragedy
Max Lindenman | March 27, 2011
A childlike understanding of Cosmic Irony becomes reconciled to the reality of a God who......
Can Complainers Gather Between Heaven and Mirth?
Max Lindenman | December 06, 2011
Joy and laughter serve truth well, but can a little complaining, with a topspin of......
The Naked Blogger
Max Lindenman | May 22, 2011
About to launch a blog of his own, a writer and former blog-combox terror ponders issues......
Olmsted and I: Bishops and Bogeymen
Max Lindenman | April 10, 2011
A chance encounter with a bishop demolishes a media-construct and leaves the writer......
RCIA Sponsorship: The Littlest Way
Max Lindenman | August 21, 2011
Sacrifices and rewards of spending a few hours each week with an RCIA candidate are......
Corapi and the Call to Denial
Max Lindenman | June 20, 2011
Where sacraments end, showmanship begins. Now, we have priests morphing into growling......
How the ingrained values of a former Catholic mother influenced her son church-ward. An......
Fr. Bourgeois and the Romance of Rebellion
Max Lindenman | August 14, 2011
The maverick's image gratifies America's culture of individualism. But the Catholic......
Houses and the Holy
Max Lindenman | February 14, 2011
Pondering the reckless genuine piety of nuns, the mysteries of discernment, juicy......
If Chaput's strategy shows vision, his mastery of the details hints at an admirable......
Becoming Culturally Catholic
Max Lindenman | October 24, 2011
Embracing Catholicism eventually means confronting the slings and arrows of Catholic......
St. Francis, My Father, and Me
Max Lindenman | June 12, 2011
Perhaps urged on by Francis, a son reaches through the ether of memory -- beyond the......
On Browsing Death
Max Lindenman | October 16, 2014
For the living, easy access to the precincts of the dead is a priceless resource. What......
Kvetching in Antiphon
Max Lindenman | February 21, 2011
Directing a Semitic fist of rage in every available direction provides a curious......
A Good Stretch of the Legs
Max Lindenman | April 17, 2011
Why become a Catholic? Why remain a Catholic? For some it's the bells and smells, for......
Though unevenly matched in either wit or craft, Flannery O'Connor and Jack Chick shared......
The Blessing of Gossip
Max Lindenman | May 15, 2011
There's something about knowing an awful story about the person beside you, and......
Mummies, Miracles and Dry, Dry Bones
Max Lindenman | April 08, 2011
The "incorruptible bodies" of some Catholic saints have had a little help from a world......
Why I Dress Down for Mass
Max Lindenman | September 18, 2011
The more at home I feel in my Father's house, the more likely I am to stick around....
The Care and Feeding of the Adult Convert
Max Lindenman | September 04, 2011
God is not finished with any of us....
Ignatius Reilly: Catholic of Tomorrow, Today
Max Lindenman | October 09, 2011
John Kennedy Toole's 1980 Pulitzer Prize Winner anticipated 21st-century Catholicism in......
When Writers Attack!
Max Lindenman | October 16, 2011
Dueling days are past, but let's imagine how some of today's busiest and best-read......